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State of Connecticut Labor Situation Last Updated: May 17, 2018
Nonfarm jobs drop by 1,400 in April; unemployment rate unchanged at 4.5% Connecticut Labor Situation - April 2018 PDF
WETHERSFIELD, May 17 2018 - Preliminary Connecticut nonfarm job estimates from the business payroll survey administered by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the state lost 1,400 net jobs (-0.1%) in April 2018, to a level of 1,687,100, seasonally adjusted. Over the year, nonagricultural employment in the state grew by 8,700 jobs (0.5%). The March 2018 originally-released job loss of 2,000 revised down by 1,500 to a loss of 3,500 over the month. The number of the state's unemployed residents was estimated at 85,800 seasonally adjusted, down 600 from March. As a result, Connecticut's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.5% in April, seasonally adjusted. Resident employment estimates include the self-employed and residents working out of state and are determined separately from the nonfarm payroll job estimates above.

"April's decline of 1,400 jobs was Connecticut's second consecutive month of job declines," said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. "However, job growth remains ahead of last year's pace. Of note is that the manufacturing employment is now up 2.8% over the year. If this pattern holds, the sector will have overcome a decades-long trend of declining employment."

Nonfarm Jobs Detail (business establishment survey)
Private Sector employment fell by 1,200 (-0.1%) to 1,457,000 jobs over the month in April, but remains up by 11,000 (0.8%) seasonally-adjusted jobs over the year. The Government supersector lost 200 positions in April to a total of 230,100, with over-the-year losses at -2,300 or -1.0%. The Government supersector includes all federal, state and local employment, including public higher education and Native American casino employment located on tribal land.

Three of the ten major industry supersectors gained employment in April, while six declined. The Other Services supersector was unchanged. The Leisure and Hospitality supersector led growing industries with 800 net new jobs (0.5%, 154,600 total jobs) in April. Educational and Health Services were next with 500 net new jobs (0.1%, 339,000). Manufacturing also gained, adding 300 jobs in April (0.2%, 162,900).

On the down side, Trade, Transportation & Utilities dropped 1,400 jobs (-0.5%, 297,300) in April. Financial Activities saw a loss of 900 (-0.7%, 127,500) while Construction and Mining dropped a combined 300 jobs (-0.5%, 59,700). Professional and Business Services (-0.0, 221,000) and Information (-0.3%, 30,600) each saw a small decline of 100.

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
Apr 2018 Apr 2017 Change Rate % Apr 2018 Mar 2018 Change Rate % Feb 2018 Jan 2018 Dec 2017
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,687,100 1,678,400 8,700 0.5% 1,687,100 1,688,500 -1,400 -0.1% 1,692,000 1,689,400 1,685,600
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,457,000 1,446,000 11,000 0.8% 1,457,000 1,458,200 -1,200 -0.1% 1,461,500 1,458,700 1,458,700
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
go to Construction sector data table Construction 59,200 58,000 1,200 2.1% 59,200 59,400 -200 -0.3% 58,900 57,100 57,100
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 162,900 158,400 4,500 2.8% 162,900 162,600 300 0.2% 162,800 163,200 163,200
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Trade, Transportation and Utilities 297,300 297,000 300 0.1% 297,300 298,700 -1,400 -0.5% 300,200 300,200 300,200
go to Information sector data table Information 30,600 31,800 -1,200 -3.8% 30,600 30,700 -100 -0.3% 30,600 30,700 30,700
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 127,500 128,000 -500 -0.4% 127,500 128,400 -900 -0.7% 128,900 128,000 128,000
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 221,000 218,000 3,000 1.4% 221,000 221,100 -100 -0.0% 220,500 221,100 221,100
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 339,000 333,500 5,500 1.6% 339,000 338,500 500 0.1% 338,500 337,600 337,600
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 154,600 155,900 -1,300 -0.8% 154,600 153,800 800 0.5% 155,200 154,700 154,700
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 64,400 64,900 -500 -0.8% 64,400 64,400 0 0.0% 65,300 65,500 65,500
go to Government sector data table Government 230,100 232,400 -2,300 -1.0% 230,100 230,300 -200 -0.1% 230,500 230,700 230,700
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 148,424,000 146,144,000 2,280,000 1.6% 148,424,000 148,260,000 164,000 0.1% 148,125,000 147,801,000 147,625,000
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Connecticut has now recovered 78.0% (92,900 jobs) of the 119,100 seasonally adjusted jobs lost in the "Great Recession" (3/08-2/10). The job recovery is into its 98th month and the state needs an additional 26,200 net new jobs to reach an overall nonfarm employment expansion. The state's Private Sector has now recovered 98.9% (110,500) of the private sector jobs lost in that same employment downturn.

Connecticut's Recessionary Job Loss and Recovery March 2008 - April 2018

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Connecticut Labor Market Areas (LMAs): Two of the six LMAs that are seasonally-adjusted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics saw job increases in April 2018, while four saw declines. The New Haven LMA LMA led gainers with 2,300 net new jobs, (0.8%, 285,500), while the Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA saw an increase of 200 (0.2%, 130,900). Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA saw the largest decline, shedding 1,900 jobs (-0.3%, 575,600). The Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA was next with a 900 net loss (-0.2%, 405,800). The Waterbury LMA (-0.3%, 66,300) dropped 200 positions in April and Danbury LMA shed just 100 positions (-0.1%, 78,900).

Note: Six major Connecticut LMAs are estimated independently from the statewide data by the BLS and cover more than 90% of the nonfarm employment in the state. Thus, estimates will not fully sum to the statewide total.

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Hours and Earnings: The Private Sector workweek, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 34.2 hours in April 2018, up five-tenths of an hour from the same month a year ago. Average hourly earnings at $31.75, not seasonally adjusted, were up $0.12 (0.4%) from the April 2017 estimate ($31.63). The resultant average Private Sector weekly pay amounted to $1,085.85, up $19.92 from a year ago (1.9%).

AVG WEEKLY EARNINGS AVG WEEKLY HOURS AVG HOURLY EARNINGS
Apr CHG Mar Apr CHG Mar Apr CHG Mar
(Not seasonally adjusted) 2018 2017 Y/Y 2018 2018 2017 Y/Y 2018 2018 2017 Y/Y 2018
PRODUCTION WORKER                      
MANUFACTURING $1,016.69 $1,000.81 $15.87 $1,025.05 40.7 40.7 0.0 39.7 $24.98 $24.59 $0.39 $25.82
DURABLE GOODS 1,093.49 1,038.75 54.74 1,110.72 41.8 41.7 0.1 41.6 26.16 24.91 1.25 26.70
NON-DUR. GOODS 744.64 866.39 -121.75 733.93 36.7 37.2 -0.5 33.3 20.29 23.29 -3.00 22.04
CONSTRUCTION 1,117.82 1,101.42 16.40 1,035.30 37.1 36.8 0.3 35.0 30.13 29.93 0.20 29.58
                   
ALL EMPLOYEES                        
STATEWIDE                  
TOTAL PRIVATE 1,085.85 1,065.93 19.92 1,062.45 34.2 33.7 0.5 33.4 31.75 31.63 0.12 31.81
GOODS PRODUCING 1,288.98 1,188.33 100.65 1,270.79 39.6 39.0 0.6 38.3 32.55 30.47 2.08 33.18
Construction 1,193.43 1,192.88 0.55 1,127.81 38.3 37.5 0.8 35.6 31.16 31.81 -0.65 31.68
Manufacturing 1,315.50 1,203.78 111.72 1,321.04 39.9 39.9 0.0 39.2 32.97 30.17 2.80 33.70
SERVICE PROVIDING 1,048.46 1,045.34 3.12 1,024.73 33.2 32.8 0.4 32.5 31.58 31.87 -0.29 31.53
Trade, Transp., Utilities 870.53 875.84 -5.31 839.74 33.1 32.2 0.9 32.1 26.30 27.20 -0.90 26.16
Financial Activities 1,869.57 1,897.78 -28.21 1,741.10 38.1 38.2 -0.1 37.1 49.07 49.68 -0.61 46.93
Prof. & Business Serv. 1,243.40 1,277.65 -34.24 1,240.16 34.8 35.5 -0.7 33.7 35.73 35.99 -0.26 36.80
Education & Health Ser. 940.18 932.19 7.99 923.46 32.6 32.2 0.4 32.3 28.84 28.95 -0.11 28.59
Leisure & Hospitality 474.48 440.25 34.23 467.74 26.2 25.0 1.2 25.7 18.11 17.61 0.50 18.20
Other Services 820.30 801.28 19.02 803.00 32.5 32.0 0.5 31.1 25.24 25.04 0.20 25.82
LABOR MARKET AREAS: TOTAL PRIVATE              
Bridgeport-Stamford 1,184.01 1,194.48 -10.47 1,139.70 33.8 33.6 0.2 32.6 35.03 35.55 -0.52 34.96
Danbury 982.35 1,000.98 -18.63 950.12 34.3 33.5 0.8 33.8 28.64 29.88 -1.24 28.11
Hartford 1,107.89 1,071.14 36.75 1,087.01 34.6 34.2 0.4 33.8 32.02 31.32 0.70 32.16
New Haven 1,025.10 1,021.02 4.08 1,016.61 33.5 33.0 0.5 32.9 30.60 30.94 -0.34 30.90
Norwich-New London 917.32 839.47 77.85 908.51 32.3 31.3 1.0 31.9 28.40 26.82 1.58 28.48
Waterbury 881.82 836.87 44.95 850.11 34.5 34.2 0.3 34.1 25.56 24.47 1.09 24.93

Information for the manufacturing production workweek and earnings can be found in the table section of this release under the "Hours and Earnings" data category. Current all-employee private sector hours and earnings estimates can be volatile due to fluctuating sample responses.

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The 12-month percent change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U, U.S. City Average, not seasonally adjusted) in April 2018 was 2.5%.
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 State of Connecticut Unemployment Rate vs. United States Unemployment Rate
The April 2018 unemployment rate for Connecticut is estimated at 4.5% (seasonally adjusted), unchanged from March 2018 and down three-tenths of a percentage point from a year ago when it was 4.8%. The US jobless rate in April 2018 was 3.9%, down two tenths of a point from March 2018.
Month 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons
Jan  9.2 9.1 -0.1 8.2 8.3 0.1 8.2 8.0 -0.2 7.2 6.6 -0.6 6.1 5.7 -0.4 5.5 4.9 -0.6 4.9 4.8 -0.1 4.5 4.1 -0.4
Feb  9.2 9.0 -0.2 8.2 8.3 0.1 8.1 7.7 -0.4 7.0 6.7 -0.3 6.0 5.5 -0.5 5.5 4.9 -0.6 4.9 4.7 -0.2 4.6 4.1 -0.5
Mar  9.2 9.0 -0.2 8.3 8.2 -0.1 8.1 7.5 -0.6 6.9 6.7 -0.2 5.9 5.5 -0.4 5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.9 4.5 -0.4 4.5 4.1 -0.4
Apr  9.1 9.1 0.0 8.3 8.2 -0.1 8.0 7.6 -0.4 6.8 6.3 -0.5 5.8 5.4 -0.4 5.3 5.0 -0.3 4.8 4.4 -0.4 4.5 3.9 -0.6
May  9.0 9.0 0.0 8.4 8.2 -0.2 7.9 7.5 -0.4 6.7 6.3 -0.4 5.7 5.5 -0.2 5.3 4.7 -0.6 4.7 4.3 -0.4
Jun  8.9 9.1 0.2 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.9 7.5 -0.4 6.6 6.1 -0.5 5.7 5.3 -0.4 5.2 4.9 -0.3 4.7 4.3 -0.4
Jul  8.8 9.0 0.2 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.8 7.3 -0.5 6.5 6.2 -0.3 5.6 5.2 -0.4 5.1 4.9 -0.2 4.6 4.3 -0.3
Aug  8.7 9.0 0.3 8.5 8.1 -0.4 7.8 7.2 -0.6 6.5 6.2 -0.3 5.6 5.1 -0.5 5.0 4.9 -0.1 4.5 4.4 -0.1
Sep  8.6 9.0 0.4 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.7 7.2 -0.5 6.4 5.9 -0.5 5.6 5.0 -0.6 5.0 5.0 0.0 4.5 4.2 -0.3
Oct  8.5 8.8 0.3 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.5 7.2 -0.3 6.3 5.7 -0.6 5.6 5.0 -0.6 4.9 4.9 0.0 4.5 4.1 -0.4
Nov  8.4 8.6 0.2 8.3 7.7 -0.6 7.4 6.9 -0.5 6.3 5.8 -0.5 5.6 5.0 -0.6 4.9 4.6 -0.3 4.5 4.1 -0.4
Dec  8.3 8.5 0.2 8.2 7.9 -0.3 7.3 6.7 -0.6 6.2 5.6 -0.6 5.6 5.0 -0.6 4.9 4.7 -0.2 4.5 4.1 -0.4

The nonfarm employment estimate, derived from a survey of businesses, is a measure of jobs in the state; the unemployment rate and labor force estimates are based on a household survey, and measure the work status of people who live in Connecticut. Overall, as the national and state economies recover, volatility in monthly numbers can be expected. Job and employment estimates are best understood in the context of their movement over several months rather than observed changes in a single month's value.

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 Labor Force / Residents Employed / Residents Unemployed
Based on the Local Area Unemployment Statistics model (LAUS - a statistical model using the CPS Current Population Survey residential data), the number of Connecticut unemployed residents, seasonally adjusted, was down 600 from March at 85,800 in April. Over the year, the number of the state's jobless residents declined by 6,900 (-7.4%). The state's labor force decreased by 3,700 (-0.2%) over the month, and is down over the year (-24,000 (-1.2%).

April 2018 seasonally-adjusted average weekly initial unemployment claims for first-time filers in Connecticut fell by 599 claimants (-14.7%) to 3,481 from March 2018, and were lower by 255 claims (-6.8%) from the April 2017 level of 3,736.

Month  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Jan   1,904.1 1,748.6 156.9 1,866.1 1,716.9 152.2 1,873.2 1,733.0 134.5 1,910.5 1,792.1 116.4 1,890.4 1,783.6 104.2 1,923.0 1,826.6 93.9 1,909.9 1,823.2 86.8
Feb   1,901.1 1,747.1 156.6 1,862.4 1,713.9 151.0 1,876.9 1,738.6 132.3 1,909.5 1,794.1 114.5 1,892.5 1,786.1 103.3 1,925.1 1,829.1 94.0 1,908.2 1,821.2 86.9
Mar   1,897.8 1,744.5 157.0 1,860.3 1,711.4 149.9 1,880.5 1,744.6 130.2 1,907.2 1,794.9 112.6 1,894.9 1,789.1 102.2 1,925.8 1,831.1 93.7 1,904.7 1,818.4 86.3
Apr   1,894.3 1,740.8 158.0 1,860.3 1,710.4 148.9 1,883.9 1,750.3 128.3 1,903.9 1,794.6 110.7 1,897.6 1,792.6 101.1 1,925.0 1,832.2 92.7 1,901.0 1,815.2 85.8
May   1,890.8 1,736.3 159.2 1,861.7 1,711.5 147.9 1,887.0 1,755.6 126.4 1,899.8 1,793.2 108.8 1,900.6 1,796.4 100.1 1,922.9 1,832.3 91.2
Jun   1,887.7 1,731.6 160.2 1,863.4 1,713.8 147.0 1,890.5 1,760.5 124.9 1,895.3 1,791.0 107.1 1,903.9 1,800.6 99.0 1,919.9 1,831.6 89.6
Jul   1,885.2 1,727.5 160.4 1,864.6 1,716.5 146.0 1,894.4 1,765.6 123.7 1,891.2 1,788.2 105.8 1,906.9 1,804.9 97.6 1,917.0 1,830.3 88.2
Aug   1,883.2 1,724.8 159.9 1,865.0 1,718.7 144.6 1,898.6 1,770.7 122.8 1,888.1 1,785.4 105.1 1,909.7 1,809.3 96.1 1,914.3 1,828.8 87.0
Sep   1,881.3 1,723.3 158.7 1,865.0 1,720.3 142.9 1,902.7 1,775.8 121.9 1,886.3 1,783.0 104.9 1,912.2 1,813.6 94.8 1,912.8 1,827.3 86.4
Oct   1,878.8 1,722.5 157.3 1,865.5 1,722.2 140.8 1,906.2 1,780.7 120.9 1,885.9 1,781.4 104.9 1,914.6 1,817.4 93.9 1,912.0 1,826.4 86.1
Nov   1,875.2 1,721.5 155.5 1,867.1 1,724.7 138.8 1,908.7 1,785.3 119.6 1,886.8 1,780.9 105.0 1,917.2 1,820.7 93.5 1,912.3 1,826.0 86.2
Dec   1,870.7 1,719.6 153.8 1,869.7 1,728.3 136.7 1,910.2 1,789.1 118.1 1,888.5 1,781.8 104.8 1,920.2 1,823.7 93.5 1,912.6 1,826.0 86.4
The nonfarm employment estimate, derived from a survey of businesses, is a measure of jobs in the state; the unemployment rate and labor force estimates are based on a household survey, and measure the work status of people who live in Connecticut. Overall, as the national and state economies recover, volatility in monthly numbers can be expected. Job and employment estimates are best understood in the context of their movement over several months rather than observed changes in a single month's value.
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